Jake Butera

Assistant Professor, Department of Classics (On leave 2018-19 Academic Year)

Dr. Butera came to UNC Asheville in 2012, having received his Ph.D. in 2010 from Duke University and having taught at Brigham Young University during the 2011-2012 academic year. He studied for two years at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and has worked at the archaeological sites of Corinth and Samothrace. He has studied and traveled extensively through Greece, Italy, Turkey, and Egypt, and continues to work on topographical and archaeological projects in Greece. Dr. Butera works on topics in Greek and Roman military history in addition to archaeological and material culture topics.


  • Ph.D., Classical Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • B.A., Classical Studies; Ancient Greek, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Courses Taught

  • CLAS 101 Beginning Latin
  • CLAS 103 Beginning Greek
  • CLAS 345 History of the Roman Empire
  • CLAS 350 Herodotus
  • CLAS 373 Art and Architecture of Classical Athens
  • HUM 124 Ancient World

Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching interests: Greek and Roman military history; Greek and Roman history; Greek and Roman art, architecture, and archaeology; papyrology and palaeography.
Research interests: The representation and commemoration of the ancient military; the battles and battlefields of the ancient world; the role and position of the sea in Greek thought; papyrology, palaeography, and textual criticism; the archaeological site at Samothrace.

Selected Publications and Work in Progress

  • In Progress, book on the ancient battles and battlefields of Greece.
  • Forthcoming: "P.Duk.inv. 727r: New Evidence for the Meaning and Provenance of the Word Προσήλυτος," co-author, JBL (Journal of Biblical Studies)
  • 2011: "P.Duk.inv. 727: A Dispute with 'Proselytes' in Egypt," co-author, ZPE (Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik) 177: 201-6.

Recent Papers

  • 2011: "'The Many Things Fit to be Seen:' The Ship-Sheds, The Long Walls, and the Public Image of the 5th Century Athenian Navy," Classical Association of Utah (Invited Lecture)
  • 2009: "'The Land of the Fine Triremes:' Naval Identity and Polis 'Imaginary' in 5th Century Athens," Graduate Student Symposium, "Martial Arts: Art, the Military, and State Power," Gradute Program in Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2008: "The Land of the Fine Triremes:' Naval Identity and Polis 'Imaginary' in 5th Century Athens," Classics at Miami: A Bicentennial Forum, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • 2008: "Representing the Fleet: Naval Imagery and Urban Identity in 5th Century Athens," American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Athens, Greece